Richy: “#RichySeason” – seething tone seals the beats together!

Upstate rap artist MBK Richy from Auburn, NY has released his album “#RichySeason”. The album starts with a bang with the lead single, which is also a video, “Talk That Shit feat. Leedreamer” it’s totally unrelenting and is a good foreshadowing of what this high energy album is going to be. Richy has a great choice in beats that separates him from the herd, and forms part of that specific trait that runs across this entire album – he will do anything to keep you interested – from the beats to the rapping. Richy has a very good vocal range for an

Mr. Flames: “Local Kingpin – EP” – mastering the role he’s developed for himself

Scartobe Galantae Flames aka Mr. Flames is of African American, Cuban, and Italian descent. Originally from the east side of Cleveland, Mr. Flames currently live in Dayton, Ohio. Growing up was rough for Mr. Flames due to being a part of the typical struggle for an African American family, so he went to the streets in search for money. As time progressed through his hustling days, Mr. Flames moved up in reputation as the local kingpin. He then decided to pick up the microphone and give rapping a shot. After losing both parents, he came up with the name ‘Scartobe

Kiki Sire: “Rutina” – exciting rhythms and smooth vocals

Kiki Sire is a Singer/Songwriter, Musician, Composer and graduate of the Matanzas School of Musica in Cuba where he studied alongside many great Cuban musicians by day and performing salsa music in the festivals and clubs of Havana, Varadero and Mantanzas by night. Kiki who has performed with many great musicians, has made regular appearances on TV and Radio and won many awards and talent contests for his singing. “Rutina” is a salsa album composed, performed and produced by Kiki Sire containing 8 original compositions. Kiki Sire is undoubtedly well versed in the art of musical conversation, as he is

Owl Company: “Horizon” carves out blistering rhythms

Owl Company is a band from São Paulo, Brazil that combines hard rock influences from the 70s to the 90s with modern rage and brutality, creating a sound that is fresh, aggressive, and engaging. Launched in 2015 the band has built a strong presence in São Paulo, playing all the premier venues in town. Their first single “Condescend,” quickly grabbed attention locally and now the band is setting its sights on crashing international borders. Owl Company’s chosen vehicle to get them where they need to be going is their full-length debut album “Horizon”, set to drop July 14th 2017. The

Harmony Drive: “Be There” – fresh, upbeat and vibrant music!

Most times you can gauge the potential quality of a creative project just by gazing through its credits. In this case, the single by Norwegian band Harmony Drive – “Be There”, was recorded in Denver, Colorado. With help of production duo Glenn Sawyer & Rich Veltrop (Tom Petty, Ozzy Osbourne, Macy Gray), and Dave Elitch (Mars Volta, Killer be killed) on drums. The music video, filmed in Norway and the Philippines, features the multi-talented Supermodel, TV-host, and Surfer Mona Lisa Neuboeck. Of course for the potential quality to transform into effective quality you need a stunning song and band. Lars

Delta Station: “An Unexpected Turn of Events” – the experience is more epic and cinematic

The little 14 year old Australian genius who goes by the moniker of Delta Station, has a new album out. And, somewhat predictably, it’s another utter and perfect treat. Before you listen to Delta Station’s latest album you really should leave all preconceptions at the door. Despite the connotations of the album’s title, “An Unexpected Turn of Events” is a joyous affair. It is an album that is warm, exhilarating, and incredibly uplifting and it is his greatest piece of work to date. Delta Station has only been in the production craft since June 2016, but has already released two EPs, previous to this album.

The Valium: “Amazing Breakdowns” – walking the high-wire intersections of visceral punk-rock expression and high art perfection

The Valium hooked me as soon as I heard the first track “Too Many Dreams Of Rock N Roll” from freshly released album, entitled “Amazing Breakdowns”. This was an album that hit me in the gut and instantly dragged me along for the ride. After listening to it, I must say that this is one of the most unique, interesting and high-energy bands I have ever heard in the alternative rock scene of late. Though taken from a myriad of influences, their sound is completely their own and every song sounds unique to their band. I can’t really imagine some

Newborn: “Honey Trap” – something of a perfect alchemy

The Coney Island, Brooklyn-based band Newborn was formed by  high school friends Allen James (vocals/guitar) and Eric Weglicki (guitar/bass/vocals) and a love of rock spanning from Metallica, Nirvana, to Muse. After many years of jamming together they decided to form a band. Newborn played their first show December 2014 which was followed by the release their debut EP “Broken Virgo”. The band has since evolved musically, adding drummer Dave Goldenberg, and going from strength to strength, culminating in the release of their latest single, entitled “Honey Trap”. The song features Newborn’s most diverse lyrical palette to date. The result is a cohesive,

Gloom Influx: “First LP” – looping the listener into a nostalgic yet futuristic world

Montréal-based musician Luc Leclerc, aka Gloom Influx, delivers a unique and powerful blend of metal and synthwave, influenced by 80’s movies and video game soundtracks, heavy metal, and contemporary artists like Justice, and Carpenter Brut. Sometimes you need to listen to music that makes you feel like you are in the future in outer space and somehow the 80s never ended. And sometimes you want to add elements of robots, monsters and fear. When you want those things, there are few better than Gloom Influx . Whether you come at this album from the perspective of someone into synthwave, darkwave

Jigsaw Man: ‘No Home’ – a self-produced EP with strong stoner overtones

The 4 track ‘No Home’ EP is the debut release from Jigsaw Man, the moniker under which singer-songwriter Steven Faulkner is releasing original material. “It’s nice doing things under a pseudonym because you can be more personal about the lyrics, and because you have that separation,” said Faulkner, continuing: “In my head the lyrics belong to Jigsaw Man, so I can be more honest and personal. I can write far more honestly and I’ve certainly done that on this EP. In the past I’ve always looked for metaphor or simile but this EP is very honest.” Playing since he was a

Sean Cooney: “The Last Thing I Heard before the Zombie Apocalypse”

Sean Cooney, a DC native now living in NYC, attended AMDA to study for Broadway shows and has also played in many professional Jazz bands. His trained voice seems even more at home belting out pop songs as he employs it’s crystal clear, cut through quality in wonderfully innovative ways. Sometimes notching it down a few octaves to fulfill the role of hype master Lil John, other times crooning like a pop hungry Jason Mraz.

“The Last Thing I Heard before the Zombie Apocalypse” is Cooney’s latest album release. The album is jam packed with modern retro crossover creations, that embrace the pop, rock, hiphop, dance and electronica genres. And I haven’t even begun to cover all the musical influences this album contains.

I haven’t been this excited about an indie artist or album since the 1980′s when I first heard “Blinded By Science” by a young synthesizer genius named Thomas Dolby.

Dolby mixed dance rhythms, tongue-in-cheek lyrics, eccentric videos and electronic wizardry to create songs that hit you straight between the eyes. Penetrated your brain, drained your soul and made your feet shuffle uncontrably to every note. Cooney has either captured every Dolby essence, or is absolutely blessed to be born with it.

 

To be fair Cooney is the original article. To get a slight idea stamped in your head of what Cooney sounds like, you’d have to take Dolby’s intelligent songwriting, Mika’s vocal operatics and the Black-Eyed Peas’s ability to churn out catchy chart-topping riffs and choruses on every song! If you add Sean Cooney’s eccentric visual presence, you know you’re dealing with a complete modern-day popstar. Packaged and ready to go.

The fact that Cooney is not signed to a major label gives food, for a whole lot of thought indeed. Or these guys are deaf or completely dead. The second case seems more probable if we take a look at the actual state of the music industry.

You could close your eyes, twiddle your fingers and pick any song off “The Last Thing I Heard Before the Zombie Apocalypse” and it would probably sit comfortably anywhere on the Billboard Top 100 charts.

The fact that this album was recorded and produced by Cooney himself, in his home studio, speaks volumes of his talent. The mix and sound quality is absolutely radio ready.

Over and above the superb musicianship and excellent vocal deliveries, Cooney excels where 90% of indie artists fail miserably. The musical and song arrangements.

It’s not enough to have a cool melody, beat or lyric. To achieve success with popular music, you need to amalgamate the pieces into a song that captures the interest of listeners for at least 3 minutes non-stop. Cooney goes over and above my wildest expectations.

Listen to “Deja Vu”. He uses clever synthesizer loops, multiple repeating vocal harmonies, a quick and easy two word chorus line and a thick foot stomping beat to round it all off. A touch of brilliance is added when he speeds up the final bars. Pure genius in Depeche Mode meets Howard Jones style!

I listened to this track more than 20 times in a row and still love it to death. Major labels, what the F*CK are you doing?

“Party Like A Kennedy” is a dance-floor rap anthem which testifies how easy Cooney moves from one genre to another without batting an eyelid.

On “Drag Show”, Cooney shows offs his perfectly sexy falsetto ‘alla Prince’, saucy lyrics and horny arrangements included for your personal pleasure.

The piano dominated “New Friend” is filled with time changes and layered vocal harmonies. You couldn’t possibly fit in another sound effect anywhere…unless of course you’re Cooney.

“What I Like” is Jason Mraz flawlessly emulating Cooney, or is it the other way around? I’m not sure, but damn do they both sound so good!

By the time I get to “Birthday Girl” and “Evil Lover”, I am totally in love with Cooney’s music. This is the most refreshing, interesting and convincing indie album I have had the pleasure of reviewing…ever. Of any genre.

It’s on “Evil Lover” that I finally draw my conclusion and make the ultimate comparison. That in my book, should qualify Sean Cooney as a superstar in the making.

Throughout the album, there was one voice that Cooney’s vocal timbre and delivery kept reminding me of.

One of my all-time favourite voices and probably rock’s greatest singer and showman ever.

Freddie Mercury.

Need I say more?

Buy this album.

Today!

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